The world might be watching the Sydney fireworks, but locals know that Melbourne is a top New Year’s Eve destination in Australia. With half a million people taking to the streets, Melbourne doesn’t disappoint, and the countdown is marked with fireworks, entertainment, and free events. Here’s how to celebrate.
Make the most of the summer weather and join the all-night festivities along the Southbank, Alexandra Gardens, Federation Square, and Docklands.
Set sail along the Yarra River for a Melbourne party cruise and enjoy a prime view of the spectacular fireworks.
Gaze out over Melbourne’s glittering illuminations during a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.
Watch the New Year's Eve fireworks from city’s highest observation deck, the Eureka Skydeck—be sure to book your tickets well in advance.
Watch the first sunrise of the New Year as you float over Melbourne in a hot air balloon ride.
Party until dawn at one of Melbourne’s famous nightclubs, many of which host New Year's Eve parties.